December 28, 2011

What is the time limit or size limit for YouTube Video uploads?

I know. If you are into serious video making and want to show off your videos in front of the world, you will hate the upload size and time limit some of these video sharing sites have in place. Not that many of us create videos that are more than ten minutes. But then, sometimes, one of these rare times, you will make a video that is longer in duration or larger in bite size. You will try and upload it on your favourite video sharing site, YouTube, only to find that you cannot upload that video because of a time limit.

What is the upload size or time limit for YouTube? As far as I know, you can upload only 15 minutes videos on YouTube. There is no size restriction on YouTube, like the 500 MB a month restriction on Vimeo for the video you upload.

That is great, right? You can upload 15 minutes video on YouTube. What if you make a video that is 20 minutes or longer? Will not YouTube allow you to upload that? Will you see that horrible error page with an empty video box which says your video is removed because it is longer than what it should have been?

Do not worry. YouTube will not let you down. Look for a link on the upload page on YouTube that asks you if you want to upload content that is more than15 minutes. If you find it there, then go ahead and click on the link. It will take you to a verification page. You will have to verify your account using your phone number. Once you enter your phone number, Google will send a verification code to your phone. Once you verify your phone you can upload videos that are more than 15 minutes.

This is a great step from Google to manage copyright issues. Normal users will not make content that is more than 15 minutes. If you want to upload content that is more than 15 minutes, Google wants to make sure that you are responsible for that content. Keeping our phone number is a great way to make sure that we are available to take care of it in case there is an issue about copyright.

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